Roger Topp

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This study tested whether a 12-week dynamic resistance strength training program can change gait velocity and improve measures of balance among adults age 65 and older. Fifty-five community-dwelling adults (mean age = 71.1) were randomized into an exercise (n = 25) or control (n = 30) group. The exercisers were requested to complete three bouts of strength(More)
Functional ability declines in later life. The purpose of this project was to determine if strength, postural control, and joint pain predict performance of four functional tasks among older adults. A sample of 28 older adults completed assessments of strength, postural control, joint pain, and four functional tasks. The duration to complete the functional(More)
Falls are a significant problem among older adults. Reported correlates of older adult falls have included determinations in leg muscle strength and declines in postural control. However, some investigators have reported low correlations between measures of strength and postural control among older adults. Other investigators have reported that attention(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a 14-week resistance training program on the ankle strength, training intensity, postural control, and gait velocity of older adults. Forty-two older adults (mean age = 72), 21 in the resistance and control groups, completed the 14-week project. The resistance training group participated in 14 weeks of(More)
Muscle strength is important to older adults in maintaining an independent lifestyle and completing activities of daily living. In this article, the authors discuss changes in muscular functioning that commonly accompany the disuse associated with aging, as well as the impact that strength training can have on the older adult's muscle functioning. The(More)
Children learn best when they are actively involved in hands-on experiences with clear connections between their new experiences and what they already know (Din 2004). Children are born with a natural curiosity, and allowing children to discover for themselves is fundamental framework of the concept of object-based learning, allowing museum collections such(More)
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